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Seattle City Council District 6 candidates forum is June 6

May 18th, 2015 by Doree

The Phinney Ridge Community Council and Phinney Neighborhood Association are hosting a candidates forum for the new Seattle City Council District 6 from 2-4 p.m. on Saturday, June 6, at the PNA, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., in the Brick Building.

Incumbent Councilmember Mike O’Brien and challengers Catherine Weatbrook and Jon Lisbin will answer questions on zoning, land use, development, transportation, environment, civic engagement, public safety, etc.

District 6 covers Green Lake, Phinney Ridge, Greenwood, Ballard and Fremont. Click here for a PDF map of District 6. Click here for information on all districts.

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PNA hiring new Village Manager

May 12th, 2015 by Doree

The Phinney Neighborhood Association is hiring a new manager for the PNA Village, an aging in community program that helps people stay in their homes and neighborhoods while staying active and engaged while they age.

The PNA Village encompasses three primary program areas, with services provided primarily by community volunteers and Village members:

Network of Helpers – help with small tasks and larger projects from neighborly volunteers. Examples of help might include yard maintenance, minor home repairs, transportation or shopping assistance, or help with pets. PNA Village members may also serve in a volunteer capacity, sharing their abilities with other Village members.

Information & Referrals – assistance in finding the resources to meet members’ changing needs, including a preferred vendor list, each vendor having been vetted by the PNA Village. Examples might include plumbers, electricians, painters, dog walkers, tech support or lawn mowing services.

Community Building Activities – programs and events to help Village members stay connected to their community while making new friends. Examples might include conversation groups, educational programs, information about issues of concern to members, or book and movie discussions.

The Village opened its doors three years ago and currently has 100 members, with more joining each month. The manager reports to the Director of Senior Programs, will supervise an AmeriCorps Volunteer Coordinator and join a deeply committed and spirited Advisory Board that are dedicated to building a strong community.

For a complete job description and benefits information, email hr@phinneycenter.org. Resumes due by 5 p.m. on May 27.

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Still time to get your sale on the map for neighborhood Garage Sale Day on May 30

May 11th, 2015 by Doree

More than 100 homes will be on the official map of the PhinneyWood Garage Sale Day, set for Saturday, May 30, and coordinated by the Phinney Neighborhood Association. The PNA will produce both a printed map and an online interactive map.

This is a huge event in our neighborhood, attracting thousands of bargain hunters from around the city. The PNA also hosts a flea market in the lower parking lot, at 6532 Phinney Ave. N., plus a tool sale at the PNA Tool Library at 6615 Dayton Ave. N.

Sellers can list general and specialty items to attract buyers. Register your sale by May 23 online or call 206-783-2244.

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‘The Big One’ artwalk coming up this Friday and Saturday with 100+ artists at 70 Phinney-Greenwood galleries and businesses

May 4th, 2015 by Doree

Our neighborhood’s huge annual artwalk is coming up this Friday and Saturday. The 20th annual PhinneyWood Artwalk – The Big One is officially from 6-9 p.m. Friday and 12-5 p.m. Saturday, but many galleries and other businesses will host artists and parties later on Friday night.

More than 100 artists working in various mediums will be at 70 businesses from North 65th to North 87 streets throughout Phinney Ridge and Greenwood, but mostly along Phinney and Greenwood avenues. Some businesses will have special musical performances inside or outside on the sidewalk. You’ll also likely see street performers, children’s activities and chalk art. Check out the artwalk website for a map and list of all participating businesses and artists. You can also get a printed map at participating sites this week.

Several restaurants and pubs will offer artwalk specials (check the website for details).

Historically the Friday night event packs the sidewalks with many hundreds of people, so if you’re driving through the neighborhood, please be extra cautious of pedestrians.

Here are just a few highlights:

American Dance Institute at 8001 Greenwood Ave. will have special dance performances from 7-8:30 p.m. Friday.

Greenwood Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N., will feature artists Katarina Schmidt and Thendara Kida-Gee (below), along with displays of “Creative Art for Seniors” classes by Betsy Dahlstrom.

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Illumination Learning Studio, 7720 Greenwood Ave. N., will have a group show featuring art created by ILS students ages 5-13 (below), plus art made by the teachers.

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Naked City Brewery, 8564 Greenwood Ave. N., will feature Casey Brookbush’s paintings of musicians and spaceships.

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Phinney Books, 7405 Greenwood Ave. N., will host Mark O’Malley’s folk art paintings of storefronts along Phinney and Greenwood avenues.

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Two Birds Tattoo, 7408 Greenwood Ave. N., will host Cute for a Cause, which includes art and goods and gift certificates on silent auction with all proceeds going to Old Dog Haven and The Seattle Animal Shelter. Donations of pet supplies or pet food welcomed; and there will be a face painter and a puppy kissing booth.

All Art Up PhinneyWood Art Walks, including The BIG One in May and smaller ones during the other 11 months, are organized by the all-volunteer Greenwood Arts Council, in collaboration with the Phinney Neighborhood Association. You can contact the Arts Council by emailing artupphinneywood@gmail.com.

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New Sculpture in Heart of Phinney Park, ‘As They Ran Past Each Other’

April 21st, 2015 by Doree

Artist Lance Carleton’s painted steel and stainless steel sculpture, “As They Ran Past Each Other,” is the newest installation in the Heart of Phinney Park on the west side of Phinney Avenue North and North 67th Street.

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Carleton works in steel, stainless steel, copper, brass and recycled materials. To purchase this sculpture, contact Pamela Jaynes at arts@phinneycenter.org.

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Repair Café at Greenwood Library on Saturday

April 20th, 2015 by Doree

The Phinney Neighborhood Association Fixers Collective is hosting a Repair Café from 12-4 p.m. on Saturday at the Greenwood Library, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N.

The repair café will teach people of all ages to fix broken appliances, computer and other electrical devices. Attendees should bring their own broken electrical items.

The event is free.

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Register now for huge annual PhinneyWood Garage Sale Day on May 30

April 2nd, 2015 by Doree

The annual PhinneyWood Garage Sale Day, organized by the Phinney Neighborhood Association, is coming up on Saturday, May 30. More than 100 garage sales will take place throughout the neighborhood from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Register by May 23 to get your sale on the online and paper map.

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You can also reserve a booth at the PNA’s flea market. And stop by the PNA’s Tool Library for great deals on tools.

The cost to register a garage sale is $15 for PNA members and $20 for non-members and non-profits. Flea market space can be reserved for $25 for PNA members and $30 for non-members.

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2 PEPS groups in Phinney Ridge starting soon

March 26th, 2015 by Doree

PEPS (Program for Early Parent Support) is starting two sessions for new and second-time parents in Phinney Ridge in the next few weeks.

Second Time Around begins on April 8 at Illumination Learning Studio, 7720 Greenwood Ave. N., from 7-8:30 p.m. This group is for parents with a newborn 0-4 months and one or more older children. One parent attends with the baby, with a topic discussion related to a growing family with a focus on the newborn. This group meets for 11 weeks; financial assistance is available. Register online.

Baby Peppers starts April 15 at the Phinney Neighborhood Association, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., from 12-1:30 p.m. This group is for one parent and a baby 5-12 months. Each meeting includes time for sharing parenting highs and lows, followed by a topic discussion related to the adventure of parenting. Meetings also include break time for socializing and connecting with other parents, as well as time to focus on baby’s development. Toys are provided. Meets for 11 weeks; financial assistance is available. Register online.

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Free tax preparation at Phinney Center through April 18

February 4th, 2015 by Doree

United Way of King County is offering free tax preparation services at 25 locations throughout King County, including the Phinney Neighborhood Association, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., through April 18. The free service is for households making less than $60,000. While there, taxpayers also can get information on one-on-one financial counseling, healthcare enrollment, and other public benefits.

Tax preparation is provided from 5-9 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays, and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays. No appointment is needed. (If you are filing with your spouse, you both must be present to e-file.)

You must bring:

  • Social Security card/ITIN letters for everyone on the return
  • Photo ID
  • All tax statements, such as W-2 form, 1099 form, SSA-1099 form, etc.

It’s recommended you also bring your bank account number and routing number for direct deposit of refunds, and a copy of last year’s tax return.

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